Hard to believe it’s been a whole year since we called out dorkus malorkus indie rock bands for treating themselves like worthy 501c’s and competing for charitable dollars. But indeed, it has. And in that time, we’ve discovered both adherents to our position, as well as opponents, and also had many an awkward moment with musician friends who think that paying for one’s studio time and record pressing and tour expenses this way is a perfectly reasonable and not-objectionable thing to do. For the most part, we still agree with our one-year-younger selves, but out of nowhere, a year later, musician Gordon Withers decided to rebut last week. He said, in part:
A rising tide should lift all boats. Herein is my main problem with the author’s rant – he/she assumes a zero-sum game. I believe that excitement about the arts is infectious, with the ability to cross-pollinate and expand across artistic scenes.
We agree that there is something to that, but there’s gotta be a better way. What say you? Should Philebrity end its attendant moratorium on publicizing any rock band-related Kickstarters? Do we have to? Do you know what that would be subjecting you to? Really. We see these things all day long. On the other hand, as you wish. We live to begrudgingly serve.